How to Choose the Right Parking Lot When You Fly

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Part of the stress of travelling is often getting yourself to the airport. In the past, taking an Airport Limousine or cab was affordable but given the increase of gas prices, the charge is often more expensive than taking your own vehicle. Why pay someone to drive you if you can do it for yourself at a fraction of the cost? It’s the mindset of most contemporary travelers and why airport parking Seattle has become more competitive and in demand.

When factoring the cost of taking a cab or having someone drive you, be sure to incorporate the cost of your parking. If you are taking a short trip the cost of parking is not likely to be a determining factor, or if you are a business traveler you may have your parking compensated for you. Not to say that your employer wouldn’t appreciate you seeking the most reasonable rate possible to save them money too.

Choosing the Right Parking Lot

For most people the price of parking will help determine the lot that they will choose to park their vehicle. After all if paying $100 to $300 or more for your parking isn’t exactly in the budget, you are going to be motivated to look for better alternatives. It helps to consider your expenses and make it a fun approach to see how affordably you can make your round trip so that you can save your money for better things such as entertainment, excursions, shopping or eating out instead of splashing out at Seattle parking airport.

What to Look For

1.       Shuttle Service

It’s essential, so find out if the shuttle service is free and how many shuttles serve the parking lot on an hourly basis.  Do they arrive every fifteen minutes or once per hour?  This will help plan your trip efficiently and your arrival time at the parking lot.

 2.       Valet or Self-Park?

For women who are travelling alone or with itineraries that have them departing very early in the morning or very late at night, sometimes the added expense of a valet service makes sense for added safety and security.

 3.       Fenced In Parking Lots

Sometimes you will see offsite private lots indicating that they offer “fenced-in” lots and you may wonder why this is important. Vehicle theft is common from self-park locations and a fenced in parking lot helps prevent both drive off thefts as well as mischief by limiting public access to your car.

 4.       Hotel Parking Amenities

If you plan to stay in a hotel the night before your departure, investigate whether your hotel offers free shuttle service to the airport. It is very convenient to leave your car and pay a reasonable fee for parking and supervision at an established hotel. Watch for late pick up fees or other added expenses.

 5.       Onsite Airport Comparison

When you have found a few alternative parking options that fit within your budget, visit the Seattle airport official website compare their costs. While you can be assured that the airport will always charge more for convenience than an offsite lot, it will make you feel good to know exactly how much you saved by going offsite instead.


Article by Ethan Robinson

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